History and Location

The Langvlei Panorama with Lake

History and Features

The Langvlei was originally built in 1915 as the home of a butcher, who had his slaughter house and shop (additional sleeping spaces) on the property. In the 1980s and 90s the property had its party years, when it was a renowned concert venue (The Blue Leopard) and later a backpackers.

With much personal tender love and care it has grown to the charming and relaxing country home it is now. Redesigned to perfectly capture the natural beauty of its surrounding it features wooden floors, two bathrooms, and an open kitchen-living area.

It sleeps six persons over two double beds and two singles. Being rural by design its water supply is by rainwater with a brackish borehole as backup. There’s a gas stove and cooking utensils in the kitchen.

The Langvlei is a nature get-away, without a TV, but with a fireplace in the living room and unbeatable peaceful views.


Wilderness Beach with Lagoon and Island and Bo-Langvlei lakes in background


Swartvlei, Rondevlei, Bo-Langvlei and Island Lake with Ocean in Background

Swartvlei, Rondevlei, Bo-Langvlei and Island Lake with Ocean in Background

“In the heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, a captivating world of lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches gently unfolds against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains – all elements that characterise the Wilderness National Park.”

The Langvlei is situated between Island Lake (open to recreational activities) and Bo-Langvlei (a RAMSAR protected bird sanctuary), in the Wilderness National Park. It is about 9 km from the Wilderness village center, 2.5 km from the beach at Kleinkranz, and 15 km from Sedgefield – see map above.

The site is made up of a number of white houses with a wooden fence and a lush tropical garden. It has a great view over Bo-Langvlei, is surrounded by indigenous forest and there are no direct neighbours.


The tranquil Wilderness town lies on the N2 between George and Knysna. From Wilderness centre take the N2 east. After 7 km take Die Vleie (The Lakes) turnoff left. Continue along the road past Island Lake on the left. Stick left past the Stop sign and over the old Choo-tjoe railway track. At the T-junction turn right on dirt road (9th km from Wilderness centre). Continue for 500 m until you see the white houses on left in 90 degree bend in the road (see map above).

You can also reach the cottage via the back dirt road through the Wilderness National Park, from Sedgefield (Swartvlei), Wilderness, or down from Hoekwil.

The Langvlei is located at 33°59’14.9″S 22°39’38.4″E